I found the other day the database for this site had gone missing. I think in this case I had accidentally deleted it, but it was to long ago to reclaim the database
So This is a brand new shell and I will be rebuilding some of the archive material that used to be on this site.
The truth is at the moment though in our area the 2m band had become little more than CB and the repeater was a magnet for every wally who could key a mike.
In my opinion this is a shame as the GB3CF repeater used to be a really good repeater, Now though it seems they have gone over to Yaesu Fusion. Which is Ok if you have the equipment.
I find myself wondering if this will not be the beginning of the end of the Leicester repeater group. Yes the call sign has to be generated and they can find out exactly who is abusing the repeater. So it probably stops the abuse. but my guess is only about 25% of the people who used to use it can now use the repeater. But my feeling is they have now made this an exclusive club for only those radio amateur who
A. Can afford to change radio’s
B. Those who want to use digital radio
C. Or those who are prepared to tweak software and fiddle to get the system actually working.
So to my mind in effect the original concept of repeaters has been chucked out of the window . I think the original concept was to allow mobile user with a standard radio to be able to talk to people they would not normally be able to reach on the radio installed in their car or portable set up.
Yes you can argue that you still can, but not without additional or replacement equipment.
I hate to be in agreement for once with the person who runs a local radio club (sort off) via his puppets. Anyone who has spent any time at this local club will know who I mean and before you say he doesn’t run this erm disorganized organization, let me assure you he does.
The constitution means nothing and it is ignored when convenient and also used to bash people over the head with it when it is convenient to do so. Regardless of the committee which is nothing but a farce anyway, he is the one who decides what goes on or not, what he says goes, which is why all they do is contests. He can come up with a million reasons why they can’t do something, but will bend heaven and hell to do a contest,
Anyway this jerk would say “It is not proper radio”and for once and it is first I agree with him. It is also not the kind of radio I took my tests to be able to use.
Anyway where does this leave the average Amateur radio user on a limited budget? In my opinion they are putting the repeater beyond their reach and also putting the Leicester repeater group at risk, as I for one would not be prepared to pay dues to an organization for a service I can not use. Am I alone in this concern? You tell me.
Anyway back to the site as we are also approaching the end of the HF cycle I can not get over the noise floor on HF, hence my use of the radio seems to be switch on the radios and scan the bands to see If I can hear anything coming over the noise floor, usually I can’t so my use of the radio has become very limited of late,
My only real project at the moment is I want to rework my go box to make it easier for maintenance and organization and if all goes well details of that project will be posted here.
I have for the last year been fighting against the Deceitful Wasters and Perishers regarding a claim they decided I was no longer entitled to. Well after over a year I won my appeal again, making two appeals the DWP have lost against me. This meant I was and still am short on cash, till I get the money out of them that they owe me., And it looks Like I am going to have to fight for that as well. I have given them fair notice, they do not deserve it , but I can say well I told you I would take action against you.
They go in heavily for blackmailing people and I could write a book on the deceit, Lies, blackmail attempts and attempts to get me to blow my own claim out of the water. Not to mention the unqualified assessors wanting to do everything they can to retain their big bonuses, that people like me ultimately pay for, so they can and will do do whatever it takes to get you off their books. Including lying (I have proof of all I am saying about them so I am on safe ground) deliberately misinterpreting what is said and providing an opinion that you should be working, no matter what your problem is, It needs to be pointed out it is just an opinion and it is not evidence despite them wanting you to believe it is evidence it is not. I am seriously considering a space to expose the scandal that is the DWP
Summing up All I will say is that if anyone finds themselves in a similar position I would advise they fight them tooth and nail and always consider the dwp’s ulterior motives in any correspondence they send you, there always is an ulterior motive. Have no dealings with them directly and conduct all your correspondences with the tribunal rather than the DWP directly. It will be a long haul, but as time goes on they will provide you with plenty of evidence against themselves which can be used against them.
But now this weight is off my mind though there are a few things to sort out yet and as the darker and colder nights are coming in I hope to be devoting more time to tinkering with radio.